Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Ind. Law - "Coalition to defeat Indiana gay marriage ban"
Two stories today on the new group. Jon Murray's long story in the Indianapolis Star begins:
Opponents of the effort to add a ban on gay marriage to the Indiana constitution say they will announce a new coalition Wednesday that comes with bipartisan firepower.Charles Wilson of the AP reports in a long story that begins:
The kickoff for the coalition, called Freedom Indiana, comes as gay-rights groups and allies gear up for the fight next year in the General Assembly — and, if necessary, at the ballot box.
Several groups will be joined at noon in Downtown Indianapolis’ Artsgarden by supportive companies, including Eli Lilly and Co. and Cummins. Also on hand will be a new campaign manager who is a veteran of Republican campaigns.
Freedom Indiana will be run by Megan Robertson, the group said. She managed last year’s winning campaign of U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., an opponent of gay marriage, and was his communications director until recently.
Robertson also managed Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s reelection campaign in 2011, was political director for U.S. Sen. Dan Coats’ 2010 campaign and has worked on other campaigns. She was not available for comment Tuesday.
“She’s absolutely what we need, and she knows what to do,” said Rick Sutton, executive director of Indiana Equality Action, which lobbied unsuccessfully against the amendment before the legislature approved it in 2011. He will be the coalition’s president.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An alliance of businesses and human rights groups is launching an effort to defeat passage of an amendment that would write Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution.See this ILB post re Minnesota.
A coalition that includes major corporations such as Eli Lilly and Co. and groups such as Indiana Equality Action was scheduled to announce the new organization Wednesday in downtown Indianapolis.
The gay marriage ban is expected to be a top issue in Indiana in 2014 as Republicans controlling the Legislature face a deadline to pass the amendment in order to put it to voters. Lawmakers passed the proposed amendment in 2011, but the bill needed a second vote of approval either this year or next year in order to go to voters. Lawmakers let the issue lie dormant this year while they awaited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.
Indiana is the latest state to consider adding a gay marriage ban into its constitution. Republicans in Minnesota pushed the issue to the 2012 statewide ballot, where it failed on Election Day. The campaign that formed to defeat the amendment quickly turned its resources to legalizing gay marriage, which became law this month.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 21, 2013 10:42 AM
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